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Vendors Association Founder Laid To Rest

Even though she stood down from her position as the president of the association she was always motivating the new leaders to continue the good work she had started
05 Mar 2021 14:33
Vendors Association Founder Laid To Rest
Late Makereta Rika.

The Lautoka Market Vendors Association founder Makereta Rika was laid to rest at the Tavakubu Cemetery in Lautoka yesterday.

The late Ms Rika’s casket was taken to the market where people from all walks of life paid their respects before the funeral procession departed for the home going service at the Coronation Church.

Lautoka Market Vendors Association president Filomena O’Neill said Ms Rika held the presidential position for 42 years.

“Before they built the new market, Ms Rika had been selling here, she was here when the market was just starting out and was without a roof,” she said.

“She formed the association to push for the council to build a new market. The association has been running for 47 and she was the president for 42 years. She is one of the oldest members.”

She said the sad loss had impacted all those who Ms Rika had mentored.

“Even though she stood down from her position as the president of the association she was always motivating the new leaders to continue the good work she had started,” she said.

“As you can see today she touched many lives and impacted a lot of people of all ages and different communities. She will be missed.”

Handicraft vendor Sushil Ram was emotional as she shared the past memories with the late Ms Rika.

“She was like a mother to me and she was always so kind hearted. I would always bring her tea and food in the morning and even though she was not the president anymore, we were very close to her,” she said.

The late Makereta Rika is survived by her six children.

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